Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. has hired Robert Goodman as managing director, Global Head of Insurance Relationships, a new position in its Insurance Asset Management business. Goodman will lead new business development efforts and oversee client relationships for the Insurance Asset Management business globally.

Goodman has served the insurance sector globally for more than 25 years with positions in consulting, investment banking and asset management. Goodman began his career at McKinsey & Co., where he became a partner and co-head of the European Insurance Practice. As an investment banker, Goodman worked at Goldman Sachs in both London and New York. He also worked at Lazard, where he was the Global Head of Insurance Investment Banking. Goodman moved into asset management in 2006 at Deutsche Bank, where he was the Global Co-Head of Deutsche Insurance Asset Management and a member of the Global Operating Committee for Deutsche Asset Management. Goodman is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also holds an M.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

In other industry news:

American National Life Insurance Company of New York, Glenmont, N.Y., announced that David A. Behrens, executive vice president of American National Insurance Co. of Galveston, Texas, was elected president and chief operating officer of American National Life Insurance Company of New York. Behrens will continue as a member of the ANICONY board of directors.

Behrens succeeds Jim Pozzi, who is now president and COO of the parent company. Behrens has been with American National Insurance Co. for 14 years and continues his role as EVP of the Independent Marketing Group.

 

Aflac Inc., Columbus, Ga., hired Bradley E. Dyslin to the newly created position of managing director, global head of credit in Aflac’s Investment Division.

From the recently opened Aflac Global Investments office in New York, Dyslin will lead the Global Credit Research team, directing research and investment recommendations for the credit-related assets that make up the core portion of Aflac’s global portfolio. He will report to First Senior Vice President; Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch.

Dyslin has 21 years of experience in U.S. and global investments. He most recently served as senior vice president; head of research and portfolio manager for Hartford Investment Management. Prior to joining Hartford, he was director, U.S. Credit Research for Deutsche Asset Management in New York. Dyslin’s other experience includes more than a decade of progressively responsible positions with Principal Capital Management, including director, Fixed Income Research, and director, International Investment Operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Morningside College and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Iowa. He is a CFA charterholder.

 

Aetna, Hartford, Conn. (NYSE: AET), has established a multi-year pharmacy benefit management agreement with Assurant Health where Aetna will deliver pharmacy benefit management solutions that will help manage costs and improve member health for Assurant Health’s customers in the 47 states in which they do business.

Assurant Health customers will also benefit from Aetna’s agreement with CVS Caremark and their national network of participating pharmacies, comprehensive pharmacy care support, tools to manage prescriptions. The agreement represents a full replacement of Assurant Health’s current pharmacy benefit manager for the majority of its customers, and will be effective on Jan. 1, 2013.

The California Department of Health Care Services, Sacramento, Calif., has announced its intent to award contracts to Health Net Community Solutions Inc. to provide Medi-Cal benefits in the Central Valley counties of Kern, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Health Net Community Solutions is a subsidiary of Health Net of California, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Health Net Inc.

Under the two-plan Medi-Cal managed care model, Health Net Community Solutions would serve as the commercial health plan in each of the four counties.

Health Net Community Solutions would be the new commercial Medi-Cal plan in San Joaquin County; it already serves beneficiaries in Kern, Stanislaus and Tulare counties.

 

Creative Marketing, Leawood, Kan., launched its Geared program, a comprehensive business consulting platform that assists individual producers with identifying their unique business challenges, clarifying their goals and objectives and providing a plan to reach higher levels of success. The system also includes a personalized marketing action plan and one-on-one business consulting to help producers remain accountable and committed to reaching their goals throughout the year.

The proprietary program allows insurance agents and financial professionals to partner with a Creative Marketing Sales Consultant to target core areas of their business for improvement. Using the personalized results of an in-depth business review, a producer receives a customized marketing plan complete with action items to maximize the program’s effectiveness.